According to a report in Daily Cannon.com, Bukayo Saka says being born and raised in England made it difficult for him to pick the Nigeria senior national team.
Bukayo Saka made his debut for the English national team last October, before playing his first competitive game for the country in November. That appearance made him ineligible for Nigeria, who he also could have represented.
Obviously, Nigerian football fans are disappointed with the decision because Saka is a big talent and Nigerian football fans would have loved him playing for their country.
However, it was up to the player himself in the end, and he says it would have been difficult to pick Nigeria given his personal circumstances growing up.
“Choosing Nigeria over England would be a tough decision,” Saka admitted. “My whole family has been in England like forever, it would be very strange for me to adapt to an environment that I had never been in since growing up.
“When I grew up, all my documents stated that I am English, hopefully Nigerian people will understand.”
Yes, Nigerians will definitely understand and have since forgotten Bukayo Saka but the worry is that he should not end like John Fashanu and others, who preferred England to Nigeria but are still living in regret.
Bukayo Saka, should know that Nigerians hardly forget hence he should not fail in his English dream.
Indeed, his explanation is not convincing because people like Alex Iwobi, also got an early call-up for the English senior side by chose to play for Nigeria.
Saka is dark-skinned and will never be celebrated by Buckingham Palace despite the deceptive hype by the English Press.